Former St. Scholastica men’s hockey captain Dave Williams is taking over the program as interim head coach for the 2021-22 season, the college announced Monday.

Williams replaces Kevin Moore, who resigned earlier this month.

Moore was the fourth CSS head coach to step aside in about a month’s time, joining Stacy Deadrick (women’s basketball), Jackie MacMillan (women’s hockey) and Kevin Ritsche (baseball). In addition, in June it was announced that athletic director Franco Bari was returning to New York to his alma mater of St. Lawrence University. All of this comes as the Saints are about to begin their first year in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Dave Williams (College of St. Scholastica photo)
Dave Williams (College of St. Scholastica photo)

Williams was an assistant for CSS last season and played for the Saints from 2011-15, earning Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team honors in 2012. He was named the Saints top defensive player in 2012-13. He was an assistant captain in 2013-14 and captain in 2014-15. The forward from Okotoks, Alberta, finished his college career with 29 goals and 38 assists in 101 career games.

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After graduating with a finance degree, Williams played professionally for three years in the Southern Professional Hockey League with stints with the Huntsville Havoc and Evansville Thunderbolts.

CSS went 7-8 in the shortened 2020-21 season that featured the program’s first NCHA Freshman of the Year in Arkhip Ledenkov of Polotsk, Belarus.

The Saints will open the season against former conference foe Concordia-Wisconsin Oct. 29 at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.